A fencing contractor who defrauded people of more than $21,000 has been given an earlier release date after appealing the severity of his sentence.
Andrew Trevor Hill, 43, formerly of Leura Road, was given a total jail sentence of 22 months and 22 days ending on ended on March 3, 2021, when he was sentenced by magistrate Elizabeth Ellis in Orange Local Court on April 10, 2019.
Hill was also given a non-parole period of 17 months and one day until September 10, 2020.
However, Hill recently appealed the severity of the sentence before Acting Judge Geoffrey Graham in Orange District Court.
Judge Graham gave Hill a new non-parole period meaning he would now be eligible for release on April 9, 2020.
According to information presented in Orange Local Court on April 10, Hill did no work despite taking $21,092.80 in deposits in August and September 2017.
He told police he had used the funds to pay a $100,000 drug debt that was owed to outlaw bikies.
However, a police investigation also showed at least some of the money was transferred into his Sportsbet account, that had $60,000 deposited into it from January, 2017.
While in the witness box, Hill said he was trading as Central 2 West Fencing, not Dubbo's Central West Fencing, an unrelated registered company.
Hill, who had previously worked as a fencer, said he was paid 60 per cent deposits by the victims.
According to police, after being paid the deposits which ranged from $1940 to $7212, Hill made excuses for not completing the work such as claiming he was involved in a car crash and on another date he said his 17-year-old daughter was in intensive care.
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